Stephen Curry to skip 3-point shootout during All-Star Weekend

Stephen Curry always told himself he’d participate in the NBA’s 3-point shootout until he won the event.

That happened in 2015. After losing the event to teammate Klay Thompson in 2016, Curry skipped last year. He told ESPN Friday he won’t participate this year, either.

“I told myself I was going to do it until I won,” Curry told the San Jose Mercury News last year. “Then I won. Then I had to defend. And then Klay beat me. So it’s a little bit of an internal battle.

Laine opened the scoring by putting a wrist shot past Lundqvist at 19:05 of the first period. He added on midway through the second period when he snapped off another wrist shot, then scored into an empty net with 34 seconds left.

Laine, the third overall pick of the 2016 draft, scored 36 goals in his rookie season. He leads the NHL in goals since entering the league with 74. Ovechkin and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov each have 73.

Considering its talent, Milwaukee (24-22) has largely been considered an underachieving team this season. Bucks general manager Jon Horst has been clear that the franchise’s ultimate goal is to compete for championships.

Horst added that Prunty “has the knowledge and experience, along with the respect of our players and staff, to get the job done.” Prunty has spent 22 seasons around the NBA and has served as the head coach of Great Britain’s men’s national team.

In addition to the Prunty announcement, the Bucks announced the addition of Vin Baker to their coaching staff. Baker is a familiar face in Milwaukee; he spent the first four seasons of his NBA playing career there and played in three All-Star games as a Buck. More recently, Baker was a member of the Bucks’ broadcast team and will be leaving the broadcast booth for the bench.

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The Bucks, who currently hold the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed, plan to conduct a thorough coaching search in the offseason.

Stephen Curry questioned his decision-making in the final two minutes of the game.

“And the same thing the play before that,” Curry said, “KD was coming off a pick-and-roll, and he was butt-naked-open at the top of the key. I made a read too soon. It was kind of just one of those nights where I personally didn’t have the right vision on the floor. I have to take responsibility for that one, because it was pretty bad.”

Peterman impressed coaches enough in the preseason to displace T.J. Yates as the Bills’ top backup. There are lots of things they like about his raw ability, and it shouldn’t be shocking if the Bills simply decide to try to harness it as their starting solution.

“Sam got a tech for saying, ‘Three seconds,'” Rivers said. “Blake got a tech for saying, ‘Over my back.’ One ref told me I couldn’t talk. I thought I was the head coach. As long as I’m respectful, I can say whatever I want. That’s not why we lost the game.

“Why we lost the game is because the rebounding, the offensive rebounding; they destroyed us. And they got to the free throw line. It’s rare where you lose a game and you shoot 56 percent, and we lost that game. So I thought overall our guys played extremely hard. We made a lot of defensive mistakes that we can get better in, but overall, I liked the spirit of our team, I liked how we played. I just didn’t like the results.”

Clippers sharpshooter Lou Williams echoed similar sentiments regarding the officiating.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Newton is the No. 6 fantasy QB the past five weeks. He ranks that high despite ranking only 29th in passing yards over that stretch, and 30th in completions. Yes, Newton is once again relying almost entirely on his rushing prowess for his fantasy success. For the year, he’s the leading rusher among QBs by 83 yards, and in a five-way tie for the lead in quarterback rushing scores.